The American Disease: Drugs and Drug Control in the USA

This online course introduces the history and practice of drug policy. Students will learn about drug laws and their origins, and the complex task of drug policy analysis. The course also tackles contemporary issues in drug control, such as marijuana policy and prescription drug misuse.

About The Course

This online course introduces the history and practice of drug policy. Students will learn about drug laws and their origins, and the complex task of drug policy analysis. The course also tackles contemporary issues in drug control, such as marijuana policy and prescription drug misuse. At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Discuss federal and state responses to drugs from the late 1800s to the present
  • Compare pre-and post-Nixon-era drug policy
  • Analyze drug policies to determine how well they advance stated goals
  • Describe how processes in the brain are affected by drug use and addiction

Recommended Background

There no recommended background to taking this course, other than wanting to learn.